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>> i am chris wallace. as the gop presidential race has bowed newt gingrich goes all in. >> with alabama and mississippi at steak, we will ask gingrich with those two states are must wins for his campaign to continue. then trouble spots, should the u.s. intervene in syria? are the u.s. and israel on the same page about iran? will they talk about the movie with an exclusive interview with john mccain. >> better news on jobs but no relief on gas prices. we will ask our panel how the economy is rob the poll numbers. after super tuesday we go on the trails all right now on fox news
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sunday. hello again from fox news in washington. the world waits to see how alabama and mississippi play out on tuesday, we have some results from saturday. in kansas rick santorum easily won the caucuses with 51 percent. mitt romney 21 percent with newt gingrich and ron paul rounding out the field. in wyoming romney finished first with 44 percent followed by santorum at 27. paul was third and gingrich last. including the results for three u.s. territory saturday where romney did very well here is the latest delegate count. romney leads with 454, santorum has 217, gingrich is third and paul last. if takes 1144 delegates to clinch the nomination. the man looking for a strong showing in the south tuesday mr. gingrich.
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mr. speaker welcome back to fox news sunday. >> good to be back with you. >> the polls show a surprisingly close race tuesday in alabama and mississippi. question, are you going to win them both? >> i think we will win both. we are campaigning very aggressively in both states. as almost every where else you start a little bit behind because of romney's money and the length of time he's advertising, and as you campaign you catch up with him pretty rapidly. i think we are probably pulling ahead in both states right now. we have great organization in both states. in alabama where wagner just put together a great statewide organization. i will be campaigning in birmingham and in mississippi, and then we will be campaigning again tomorrow morning in biloxi and back in the birmingham area. we are not taking anything for granted these next few days. >> you have won two of the 25 contests that have voted so far. the romney in the south more
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than 70 percent of the outstanding delegates to children t-- clench the nomination. if you were to win both alabama or mississippi you were going to stay into this to the convention doesn't it become hard and doesn't it become impossible to get to 1144 if you don't win both? >> the romney camp has been trying to sell since last june that i should get out of the race and romney is inevitable. romney is probably the weakest frontrunner since wood in 1920 and he ultimately lost on the 109 ball -- 10th ballot. he has a challenge. he wins ohio. he gets 38 percent of the vote. places where nobody else can compete because of money. guam he does fine. over all he reports a victory. wyoming 40 percent of the vote. he loses kansas outright. the most he will get in
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mississippi and alabama is probably a third he's more likely to get 25 or 28 percent. yes he's a frontrunner not a very strong frontrunner. almost all conservatives are opposed to him which is the base of the party. i think we are as likely to see after the last primary in june we are likely to see a 60 day conversation about what is going to happen as we are to see romney dominating. in that context i think the vote that i got remembering that i was in first place both in december and again in mid january in terms of the gallop poll. i think there's a space for a visionary conservative with big solutions like a national energy policy leading to 2.50 gasoline and savings account for young americans or replacing the current 130-year-old civil service system with a brand new management model. these are big ideas take a while to sink in. we have a lot of states who have come in second. we have a lot of states
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gathering delegates. i feel good about representing people. i have 175,000 donors, 95 percent of them over $250. i think i owe them something about representing their views and their desires for a positive kind of conservatism. >> we are going to get to some of those ideas especially energy in a moment. your point is that romney is winning but not winning with a majority. winning with a mrur rality. you put out a new web video going after rick santorum. let's take a look at it. >> i teamed up with joe weeber man. protecting open space. i am working with hillary clinton. >> politics is a team sport, folks. >> i understand that you think that you would make a better president than rick santorum. you have bigger ideas and better solutions you think, but given the fact that you are both conservatives and you say that romney is a moderate, at some
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point does it make sense to get out of the race and give rick santorum a one-on one shot at mitt romney who as you point out is not winning by very impressive margins in a lot of these states? >> well, that video makes the point of why i haven't gotten out. when i was speaker of the house we led an effort which led to four consecutive balanced budgets. when rick was in leadership ran up a $1.7 trillion deficit. there are very big differences. to put the label conservative and assume that covers everything is very misleading. i went to work to change washington and i think it's fair to say in some ways we use rick's own language people to see themselves. this is somebody who on a number of occasions had washington change him. he admits it. he says it's a team sport. he had to go along to get along. i don't believe that. i am not running in order to go along to get along. frankly the leadership team rick was in suffered in disastrous
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loss in 2006 because the con story didn't want bigger deficits more earmarks the bridge to nowhere. there's a principal difference not just a label. what are you trying to accomplish, how do you think the system works and are you in the business to change washington decisively or are you in a business to be part of the team. >> let's talk energy and $2.50 a gallon gasoline which has become the center piece of your campaign. how quickly do you believe you could get us back to that, mr. speaker? >> within two years and maybe faster. when george w. bush signed an executive order opening up offshore drilling still required congressional action the price of oil per barrel dropped the market mos in a participatory basis. we believe it could go with a year with expedited procedures
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7,000 barrels a day in canada. i started opening up in louisiana and texas about 400 thousand barrels a day. they turned around fast once they knew it was coming. there are steps that you could take that would dramatically lower the price of gasoline. 2.50 a gallon is not irrational. it was 1.89 when obama was sworn in. it was 1.13 when i was speaker. you can image circumstances to get below 2.50. the key thing is, the direction i would take the country is towards developing our energy resources to be independent of the middle east so no american president would ever bow to the saudi king. the direction the president is taken the country is greater dependency and much greater dependency up to $9 a gallon which is what his secretary of energy says he wants it to be. he said publicly he wants us to bay european levels that would
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be 9-10 dot lllars a gallon. >> mr. speaker gas experts -- first you pointed out the fact that gas was 1.89 a gallon when president obama took office. that was a bit misleading it was the depth of the recession. gas prices went down. 6 months before it was 4.11 cents under president bush. the other point is even if you were to begin a big onslaught of domestic drilling that it would take 3-5 years for that to result in more production here domestically which isn't to say we shouldn't start doing it but it wouldn't indicate or wouldn't cause gas prices to go down sharply in the two-year time frame you are talking about. >> well, first of all question in part of what the future market does and whether it starts to anticipate production. peckedly, i led the effort drill here, drill now, pay less. we got 1,600,000 signatures back
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in in 08. if we started then we would be inside the window you are now describing. natural gas production has gone up 11 percent since 2008. the price has crashed from 7.97 a unit down to under $3. from 2008 to today it crashed. if you had the same pattern in oil that you had in natural gas you would be paying 1.13 a gallon. i didn't project that. i am not saying you will get there but that is literally the direct parallel you have in the united states with natural gas in the last four years. >> let me go to another subject. there has been a terrible incident which i assume you know about this morning where a u.s. serviceman walked off his base in southern afghanistan and started firing at civilians, and according to some reports killed as many as 16. your reaction to that, sir? >> well, we clearly have to investigate it. i see that the nato command has
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already commented on it. we have to indicate clearly and convince the people of afghanistan justice will be done and that we are not going to tolerate that kind of thing. also there i think have a grave difficulty in reaching out to those families. they should be compensated for the tragic loss. when those kind of things happen what makes us different than taliban or al qaeda. they target killing civilians we work hard not to have those things happen and we have to live up to our standards and values. >> it brings up a bigger question i want to discuss with you about our future. after the accidental burning of the korans our so-called afghan partners targeted and killed 6 u.s. citizens. you reashthed ve -- reacted ver sharply to that. >> this is a real problem. some problems you have to figure out how to live your own miserable life. >> i want to ask you build that.
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are you say can we should pull out of afghanistan now snl what about the argument we need to be there longer because we need to get the african military and police to stand up so they can stand up to are against the taliban and al qaeda? >> it was directly related to president karzai. as much as we at times have to be concerned about our impact on the afghan people he owes the american people an apology. some of those killings were by afghan soldiers. it has to be a 2-way street. i think this idea that we have to tolerate and tolerate and tolerate while things are done to us is wrong. i think it sends the wrong signal. we have to reconsider what's going on. i reached the conclusion about the entire region that is more pessimistic than washington's official position. when you look at bapakistan and
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realize they have been hiding bin laden for 7 years in a military city within a mile of their national defense and their reaction wasn't to find the people that had been hiding him it was to find the people that helped americans there is something wrong with how we are approaching the whole region. it will get substantially worse not better. we are risking the lyes of young men and women in a mission that might be undoable. >> you didn't just say karzai needs to apologize. you said there were some problems where you just have to say you are going to have to lead your own miserable life. are you saying the u.s. needs to -- we fought bravely and with all good intent for more than ten years. is it time to just say enough? >> i think it is very likely we have tragically lost the lives and suffered injuries of a considerable number of young americans on a mission we are going to discover is not doable. at what point -- by not doable i
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mean you are not going to get afghanistan, back stan, what's happening in egypt with the muslim brotherhood look at the things that are going on around the region and ask yourself is this in fact a harder deeper problem that is not going to be susceptible to military force at least not military force in the scale we are prepared to do. if that is true, this is part of why i decided to make energy independence a major theme with my campaign. we need to decide that the united states is going to have to back off from that region not take primary responsibility for the flow of oil from the persian gulf and say to the chinese and europeans you have at th proble. it's not necessarily america's problem. i think we are going to have to recognize this is a region that will be very hard to deal with in the near future. >> speaker gingrich thank you. thank you so much for joining us. safe trals on the campaign trail. we will see how things turnout on tuesday. >> thanks, chris. up next from iran's nuclear
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>> >> when big policy challenges an unsettled race and controversial movie on the 2008 campaign we have plenty to discuss with our next guest. senator john mccain joins us from cottonwood, arizona. welcome to fox news sunday. >> thank you, chris. >> let's start with the terrible news overnight from afghanistan. what's your reaction? we just talked about we heard with speaker gingrich to the news apparently one u.s.
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serviceman walked off his base in southern afghanistan, went into civilian's homes shot them up may have killed as many as 16 people and 16 children. what is your reaction to that. what is it like speaker gingrich may not be doable and may need to get out. >> it is obviously a terrible situation that happened there. s it is one of those things that you cannot ex-campaiplain excep give the deepest sympathy to those victims and see that justice is done. i might add that there was a significant step forward in agreement concerning detainees between president karzai and the united states which i think would move us very much closer to a long-term strategic
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partnership agreement. that is an important step forward. these things in warfare happen give us all of the more reason to have it be avoided. finally still the serious fund amount that wi -- fundamental problems with karzai in government and sanctions in afghanistan. crocker made it clear in a cable he sent back to the cia which naturally appeared on the front page of the "washington post". >> let's walk our way stlthroug this. you have the accidental burning of the core rain. then our afghan partners, police and military targeted and killed 6 u.s. servicemen. now we have this incident with obviously it would seem a der rained american servicemen killing more than a dozen you know the blow back from that is going to be terrible. as a result you get people like newt gingrich who is on defense
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and maybe it's time to get out. >> i understand the frustration and anger and sorrow. i also understand and we should not forget that the attacks on the united states of america on 9-11 originated in if afghanistan. if afghanistan dissolved into a situation where the taliban were able to take over or a chaotic situation it could easily return to a al qaeda base where attacks on the united states of america that is still our goal as it was the day we went in. >> you became the first senator this week to say that the u.s. in coordination with other countries should use our air power to go after the regime. >> what happened was we mobilized the international
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community. we knew we could execute very effectively in a short period of time. >> the point that he and others make in response to the air power is we have a much stronger army and robust air defense system. they have big cashes of biological and chemical weapons and that we don't really know who the opposition is, it isn't united and reliable. those are big differences from libya. what about the counter argument this is just different and more complicated than libya? >> first of all let me make it clear. i never called for unilateral action and we do not have to have the boots on the ground. what is taking place in syria as we speak and by the way they are going into the slaughter continues is a violation of the united states national security policy made by the president of
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the united states that we would prevent massacres wherever they take place. the united states of america does not have the capability for allies to military and we have wasted 700 billion a year. every time one of these crises gives up we have reasons why we can't do something why we can't lead in the front we want to leave from behind. by the way head of the central command have said that if syria fell it would be the biggest blow to iran in 25 years. massacres are taking place. massacres were taking place in bosnia and kosovo. that's what america is all about. these people are slaughtered in
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an unfair fight being supplied by the russians and iranians not only iranian weapons but iranians on the ground. this is not a fair fight. they have the capability with our allies in exercising a lot of options and air power is one of them. for us not to do so in my humble opinion is disgraceful. it is shameful. >> let's turn to iran. the president seemed to send two different messages about what he is willing to do to stop iran's work around the rial has a news conference. let's watch. >> when i see the casualness with which some of these folks talk about war, i am reminded of the cost involved in war.
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>> what would you do, sir, if 2008 turned out different. what would president mccain do would you give israelis the green light to strike? what would be your red lines as to what you would allow iran to do before they strike or would you give diplomacy. the european oil em bar doe iran how much time would you get to work? >> the president said he doesn't bluff but the national security policy is to prevent massacres. he said it is unacceptable and has to go. we will find out about bluffing. second of all it's a little bother some that a president of the united states would denigrate the views of other people who feel they have the right to weigh in on this issue. it is not casualness that some of us in the senate have become engaged. it's not casual on the part of
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mitt romney to say that it is unacceptable for the iranians to develop a nuclear weapon. national security advisor and chairman joint chief of staff they are there to urge israel not to act. if you are a nation that is threatened with extinction as iran threatened israel, would you rely on another country's capabilities in order to make sure that you are not attacked with nuclear weapons? that is the situation the israelis find themselves in. they said israel is a sovereign nation and will act in their sovereign interest, so what the president has done rather than bring us closer together with israel is showing great degrees of separation. what should he have done? sat down with the prime minister with the national security
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advise yeaors and says here are red lines. if they cross the red lines they continue to develop a nuclear weapon. there has been no change despite the sanctions and efforts being made which need to be made. these are the following red lines mr. prime minister. we will act with you if iran reaches the red lines and those red lines to be drawn. instead the president has decided to try to persuade israel not to attack at least between now and november of 2012. it is not helpful. the relations between you united states and israel have ner been worse. >> speaking of elections the new hbo movie game change with sarah palin as your running mate. you had sworn you were not going to watch game change. i want to know because it premiered last night on hbo. did you breakdown and tune in?
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>> i watched the phoenix coyotes defeat the sharks 3-0. tafz a gre it was a great game. of course i am not going to watch it it's based on a book that is unbiassed and quotes. even in the tough world of politics why there seems to be assaults on a good and decent person, sarah palin, a fine person, a person who's noom nation energized our campaign we were in the lead and they continue to disparage and attack her character and person. i admire and respect her. i am proud of hour campaign. i am grateful she ran with me and i will be proud of what we did and humbled i was able to get the nomination for the republican party for president of the united states. >> i want to ask you not about palin but yourself. one of the things in the movie
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it says for all of your talk about putting country first your decision to pick sarah palin was pure politics. here is a clip from the show. >> desperately need a game change in pick. none of these middle aged white guys are game changers. so find me a woman. >> so find me a woman. simple question, senator, did that ever happen? >> of course not. by the way, i have been told that i am portrayed as using an exceeding amount of course language. i don't use course language very often. i have a larger vocabulary than that. but of course not. i thought she was the best qualified person. i thought she had the ability to excite our party and the kind of person that i wanted to see succeed in the political arena. she was very effective and successful governor of the
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state. again, chris, i look forward and not back. this kind of stuff is something that i don't spend a lot of time on because right now i am drying to work on issues such as those we previously discussed. >> i want to ask one last question in this regard. it speaks to credibility. then we will leave it. you say the authors and hollywood may stop up. i want to talk about quotes steve smith who was your strategist in 2008 played by woody harrell son in the movie. here's what he says. he says it's the true story of what happened over those ten weeks. he says i regret playing a part in the process that yielded someone on the ticket that was not prepared to be president. i am not asking you to respond to the authors what about steve
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schmidt who says this is all true? >> i regret that he would make such a statement. >> thank you as always for coming on, sir. it is always a pleasure to talk with you. in the move viie you swear like sailor but that would be unfair to sailors. i will leave it there. up next our sunday panel on the recent streak of economic news but rising gas prices are they the reason behind the president's flat poll? ♪ let me get that door for you... [ man ] i loved my first car... sometimes the door gets stuck... oh sure. ooh! [ man ] ...and then, i didn't. um... [ sighs ] [ man ] so, i got a car i can love a really, really long time.
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percent because almost half a million people joined the work force. 1.2 million jobs created in the past month. there are still 5.2 million fewer jobs. what does all of that mean for the economy and president obama's reelection chance? >> good news is good news. on the hill democrats would say this is absolutely horrible and not good enough. 227,000 jobs is a positive trend and should that continue and should we see a drop in unemployment rate number one good for americans. the central focus of the campaign will still be the economy it will just shift a little bit to the debt, the deficit. obama care will play a really big role. the economy the administration plays the most important role going forward. >> senator, we are going to talk about gas prices in a moment.
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putting that aside, what does this say to you about the strength or the recovery and what does it say to you about and the economy and obama's mismanagement of it? >> three things. first the economy is clearly gaining the momentum. what's the old saying one set of data can be a collaboration, 2 a co since dense, p a trend. there have been 1.3 million jobs created. there's a wind at our back now. the stock market tends to be a forward mechanism and consumer confidence is higher but we are not out of the woods yet. gas prices are higher, europe is a mess. the recover prefrom financial panics are almost more sluggish than other recessions. confidence has been affected and people have to get their debt down. it will make it harder for
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republicans. it is harder to run on it when times are improving. >> if you look at this in historical context no president even if we are talking about 8.3 percent, 8.2, even get down to the high 7's. no president has won reelection as high as it will be on election day since fdr. 92 percent in 1984. what's more important the number of unemployment rate or the trajectory the protection gentlemyes it's 5 test heading down. if you were running the campaign how do you go after obama? >> the reelection of the president is based on the president. the economy news is good. it is a feeling out there. right now the econ moo is picking up but it is slow. you get to the end of the second quarter they lock in their
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votes. it is low but it is good. we need to celebrate that but we have obama care and epa and gas prices as we move into november. >> let's turn to gas prices which is $3.79 a gallon. forecast it could go up to $4 a gallon this summer. how big a problem for the president? >> it could be a problem for the president. they are worried enough about it you saw him talking about it in the weekly address. he's talking about calling for subsidies in the oil economies fuel efficiencies those types of things. newt gingrich has been hammering this issue. >> it -- 2.50 a gallon. there are some indications he is picking up moves in the polls. the polls are all over the place. we will see if this message really works.
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we have had so much volatility in gas prices over the last several years that i feel like consumers feel like they have seen this movie before. i wonder if there's a little bit of a cushion. i don't think there's a sense of it's that high and it will never go back down necessarily. >> dana, i want the two of you now to debate gas prices and let me start with you, dana. let me set it out there. president obama says domestic production is the highest right now that it has been in the past 8 years. the critics say that's because of drilling on private property not on federal land. and they also say because -- that's why i want to bring you into this because of decisions made. how fair is it to go after barack obama on the high gas prices we face right now. >> if you are dealing with fact and reality those two things are true. public land drilling has been down 11 percent. private land drilling is up.
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certain states like north dakota have found new technologies to be able to go after natural gas. they have a 3 percent unmroipt ra -- unemployment rate up there. that is on state and federal lands. in addition it takes 4-5 years to find a site, test it get the equipment there and get that on-line. i don't believe the pipeline would have given them higher gas prices tomorrow. i think he is in a position he now lost. he was in a position to go against type and say i am going to have a longer range strategy so the president in the future can say there will be a prieter few fewer tore us on gas prices in america. to sum this up when the obama claims -- >> they never finished the sentence. >> i think you raised two important points in the interview. number one gas prices fluctuate
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under any president. they are under $4 a gallon under president bush. these things do go up and down regardless of party and president. there is only so much a president can do. number two, in the short run the president did support the continued payroll tax cut in part to offset the blow that consumers are taking at the pump. that is one thing that could taken in the short run. in the long run it is supply and demand. trying to diversify fuel sources higher standards for cars and trucks to get the demand down. and long run supply bush does deserve credit. the fact of the matter is president obama has not rolled all of that back. we are producing more we are less dependent on foreign petroleum in a long time incumbent president deserves some credit for that. >> briefly, how vulnerable is obama on gas prices? >> it is his achilles heel. gas prices are a daily reminder
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>> i'm not really a politician. i guess i kinda am because i was goveor fou >> i am not a politician. i was governor for four years and i ran for office. my heart is a conservative businessman. >> if you go out and deliver a conservative victory for us on tuesday, this race will become a
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two-person race. >> candidates mitt romney and rick santorum making their case in in two southern states that may have a big impact on the campaign. we are back with the panel, as your perspective as mike huckabee's campaign manager four years ago what will happen in alabama and mississippi tuesday and what's the potential this will really shake up the race? >> it could shake up the race if mitt romney gets a win in the south. if he could win mississippi or alabama it would shake up the race. >> i am stunned. why is he even competitive down there? >> he has great organization a lot of people on the ground he has done radio and ads everything a campaign is supposed to do while other campaigns have lagged behind on all of the resources. not any different than any other states he has been in. >> the fact is, you would think the evangelicals very conservatives are an even bigger part of the electorate than they are in other parts of the country. do they have the same problem with them? >> whether you are evangelical
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or not jobs are important. he is doing well across the board on those. if your social ishg ue is the on -- issue is the only reason you are voting jobs are important. mitt romney will compete for your vote that's what he is doing in mississippi and alabama. >> do you believe newt gingrich and rick santorum when they say they are in the race all of the way to contention regardless of what happens? >> no, chris, i don't. there is an old saying in politics presidential politics, maybe you would agree, no one ever stops running for president they just run out of money. in newt's case you continue to right the checks but he doesn't. >> he's the casino owner in las vegas giving more than 10 million to newt's super pack. >> if that dries up how does newt go on? santorum will run out of money at some point. if they continue on it's all about ego and that sort of thing. i would think at some point their supporters will say enough
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already. the point i would make, too, is the real winner is president obama. if you look at what's happening to the likely republican nominee his unfavorables are hire than favorables independents have been alienitied the republican enthusiasm is down. in swing states where they had to run the ugly campaigns ohio, michigan, elsewhere he is now behind in the polls. the longer it goes on they present a strategic dilemma. as long as he has to appeal to the conservative base of the republican party. later he goes to the moderates and independent it goes to t-- >> where is as we sit here today where is this republican race now? how close is mitt romney wrapping it up mathematically. if you don't long-term at least practically. >> if you look to the other states that mitt romney has won,
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he has won the two important things. people who think the economy is the most important thing and want to beat obama, so i think that voters across the country whether they are watching it day-to-day they are in the states he won. that's why he is competitive in the south. a lot of people didn't think he would be able to show up there. if you ask people those two questions tend to think romney would be the best nominee. >> what is the possibility of picking up on what senator bayh said republicans may not be feld conservative republicans have to say we have to stop the blood letting seems like the nominee we will vote for him whether we like him or not? >> i think the enthusiasm is there under the surface. they have let it playe out. independents have been alienityed by obama. they will have to tcontinue to o well with the hispanics.
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th that is a huge hurdle for them to be able to get through the primaries and appeal to the voters in the general election. >> same big picture where is the race now and how close is romney to effectively putting it away? >> i think he is pretty close. basic big picture hasn't changed. the states romney lost are not states that will go for ott bea ma'am in the general election. he will not lose any of the other states even if he happens to lose them now in the primary. that is a fundamental fact of it. the states that matter in the general leblgs are states like ohio and florida where romney actually has won. that is the bottom line. ? the south romney has a chance to exceed expectations. he has been a frontrunner who everybody assumed all along is going to win but he does have significant weaknesses. he has never had a situation where he can go in and beat expectations and this may be the first time he can do that.
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i think in terms of perception that would go a long way for him. >> before we are seen an anointing or corn nating mitt romney the fact is santorum is running a strong pain. did very well in can sasz and more importantly, mccain was 12,000 votes of winning ohio and 3 percentage points of winning michigan. how big a deal that he continues to show strength and conversely romney continues to show weakness in closing the deal with evangelicals and strong tea party supporters and people who identify themselves as very conservative? >> it is a challenge. rick santorum is running a compassionate campaign. he is running in a crusade people love watching him on tv and showing up at rallies. if you talk to governor romney his campaign is more clinical and more surgery approach to this where santorum is all passion, romney is all business. the energy with santorum but at
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the end of the day romney gives us our best chance verses santorum. it's mitt romney and who -- >> as a very talented republican strategist what would you say to mitt romney? how do you close the deal with the active more conservative part of the phase that he has failed to reach? >> he is starting to do it a little bit. he's trying doing it on the stump using the humor. if he can laugh at himself open him up who is this guy? i think a year into this we are not sure about his bio, who is he, what does he believe in why does he want to be president? i am not sure i can answer all of those questions about mitt romney. >> senator it's a little bit of a flip for you here you were as a democrat in a red state of indiana, how do you cross over and persuade people you can you be trusted and you share their values? >> in terms of reaching out to
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independents? >> i am talking more reaching out to the baseful what would you tell romney to do? >> i would tell him to be himself. i would i made money i may not be the natural person at the political stuff but i know how to create jobs run an economy and i will be working for you every single day. maybe just relax a little bit more and be the authentic mitt romney. people right now are wondering if the authentic mitt romney the moderate conservative governor of massachusetts or arch conservative competing for the nomination. >> it remind me of the line samuel galled the hollywood mogul said. the key is sincerity. once you learn to fake that you got it. >> the michigan speech in michigan is towards the end. talking about the big picture issues. we will have in america what we
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have i want to do that the big picture. the media of which we are a part i think it's like losing with the football. they keep raising the bar on romney. even if he wins the headlines say he won because romney didn't lose. >> thank you all panel. see you next week. don't forget to check out panel plus where we pick up with a discussion on the web site fox news sunday.com we will post a video before noon even time. make sure to follow us on twitter@foxnews.com. @fox news sunday. [ male announcer this is the network -- a living, breathing intelligence teaching data how to do more for business. [ beeping ] in here, data knows what to do.
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the first time we ever tasted grits. i want to reassure all of you i have had some acquaintance with shrimp, with cheese, with gravy. i get it. >> if he wants to get out i am all for him getting out. i am all for mitt romney getting out. i wish president obama would just hand me the thing. >> we are staying in this race because i believe that it is going to be impossible for a moderate to win the general election. i spent my life in business. 25 years in business you have to be a fiscal conservative. >> out spending your opponent and trying to pound them into the ground is not going to win this election. >> ♪ sweet home alabama ♪ where skies are so blue >> this has been the wildest roller-coaster. it's like riding space mountain at disney world. that's the roller-coaster in the
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dark. you don't know where you have been you don't know where you are going, you are not sure where you are. but it's real exciting. >> for all of the anticipation super tuesday did not park a turning point in the race. there's a good chance the results in alabama and mississippi may do just that. now a personal note. wednesday evening i was honored to receive the award for excellence in broadcast journalism by the national press foundation. my thanks to that group and all of my colleagues and the people at fox for their support. highlights and low lights of my career and my acceptance speech check out our web page at fox news sunday.com. there you see me. i am interviewing the olsen twins. have a great week. see you next fox news sunday.

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